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British Airways Got Hacked with Details of 380000 Customers Stolen from its Website

British Airways Got Hacked with Details of 380,000 Customers Stolen from its Website

British Airways Got Hacked with Details of 380000 Customers Stolen from its Website. The British Airways announced on Thursday (6Sep2018) that it was a victim of a very sophisticated and malicious criminal attack where the bank details of customers making bookings between 2158 GMT on August 21st and 2045 GMT on September 5th were stolen in the data breach.

The British airline says the personal and financial details of payment cards belonging to around 380,000 customers were stolen in the hack. The hacked data included names, home addresses, email and postal addresses, as well as payment information like credit card numbers and expiration dates and credit card security codes.

The pеrsonal and financial dеtails of customers making bookings on our wеbsite and app wеre compromised. We are invеstigating, as a matter of urgеncy, the theft of customеr data from our wеbsite and our mobilе app. The stolеn data did not includе travel or passport details,

the airline said in a press statement via its website (

BA advised anyone who believed they may have been affected to contact their bank or credit card vendor and follow their recommendations. As for compensation, the company said:

“We will be contacting affеcted customers directly and will managе any claims on an individual basis.” It said that evеry customers affеcted will be fully rеimbursed and that the airlinе would pay for a “crеdit checking service”.

It also stated that customers due to travel could check in online as normal as the incident had been resolved.

We take the protеction of our customеrs’ data seriously, and are vеry sorry for the concеrn that this criminal activity has caused. The brеach has been resolvеd and our wеbsite is working normally. We have notifiеd the police and rеlevant authorities.

British Airways Chief Executive, Alex Cruz, confirmed that the hackers did not break the company’s encryption, but didn’t clarify how they gained access to clients’ data.

BA says it has issued guidance on how customers can reset their passwords on the company website.

“Click the Forgottеn Pin/Password link on thе top right-hand cornеr of the homеpage. We recommend you choosе a uniquе password that you do not usе for any othеr online account,” it stated.

It is not yet clear how the data breach happened, but reports say it was identified by a third party when they noticed some unusual activities and informed the company about it.

The British Airways won’t be the first airline company this year to be hacked. In August, Air Canada confirmed a data breach which affected 20,000 customers. Also in July, British travel company – Thomas Cook, admitted that hackers had unauthorized access to names, emails and flight details of its customers although the airline company insisted less than 100 bookings were compromised. Again in 2017, BA was forced to cancel 726 flights over the course of three days because of a computer meltdown which left around 75,000 passengers stranded and cost the company about £100million.

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UK Fines Facebook over Cambridge Analytica Scandal


UK Fines Facebook over Cambridge Analytica Scandal. The UK has hit Facebook a fine of $645,000 for the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. It was revealed earlier this year that they had harvested the personal data of millions of profiles without the user’s consent and used it for political purposes. It is estimated that 87 million users were affected.


The fine has been enforced by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and was calculated using a pre-GDPR formula for data breach fines. Using the UK’s old Data Protection Act to fine Facebook, rather than GDPR they can only give a maximum penalty of £500,000, which is equal to what the social media giant earns every 18 minutes.


GDPR rules dictate a maximum fine of 4% of annual global turnover, which would be $1.6 billion. Unfortunately the the GDPR regulation wasn’t in place when the Cambridge Analytica story broke, coming into force in May 2018.


The UK investigation concluded that Facebook’s APIs had been allowing developers access to users information without them providing proper consent, for a long period of time between 2007 and 2014. Once they realized this loophole existed and patched it up, they did nothing to investigate the data compromised or ensure it was deleted.


[FACEBOOK] should have known better and it should have done better… We considered these contraventions to be so serious we imposed the maximum penalty under the previous legislation. The fine would inevitably have been significantly higher under the GDPR

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement


Facebook has said they are reviewing the ICO’s findings and stated they “respectfully disagree” with some of the report, but admit they should have done more to protect users data. They also added that they found no evidence that British users profile information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Libssh Security Flaw leaves thousands of servers vulnerable to hijacking

Libssh Security Flaw leaves thousands of servers vulnerable to hijacking

Libssh Security Flaw leaves thousands of servers vulnerable to hijacking. A security flaw in libssh leaves thousands, and potentially more, servers vulnerable to an attack. Libssh is a multiplatform C library which allows users to remotely execute programs, transfer files, manage public keys and use a secure and transparent tunnel.


The security flaw, discovered by Peter Winter-Smith from NCC Group, allows a hacker to bypass the authentication process on the servers and gain access to the system without having to enter a password.


An attacker can do this by sending the SSH server “SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_SUCCESS” message instead of the “SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_REQUEST” message that a server usually expects and which libssh uses as a sign that an authentication procedure needs to initiate.


The libssh system will treat this message to mean the authentication has already taken place and allow the attacker access to the server. The flaw (CVE-2018-10933) was released in January 2014 in release 0.6.0.


It’s estimated that the vulnerability currently affects at least 3000 servers, however this is based on a small search and the scale of the problem is not yet known. There were concerns that the popular version control site for developers to work collaboratively on projects, GitHub, was affected but they have released a statement denying this. Github claims the way they use libssh means they are not vulnerable to this exploit.


“We use a custom version of libssh; SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_SUCCESS with the libssh server is not relied upon for pubkey-based auth, which is what we use the library for,”

a GitHub security official said on twitter


The security flaw is only on the server side, meaning users who have a libssh based SSH client installed on their computer will be safe from potential attackers looking to exploit this vulnerability.


While there are currently no public exploits available for the vulnerability, they are easy to put together so these are likely to pop up online in the coming days and weeks.

The team at libssh released versions 0.8.4 and 0.7.6 yesterday to handle this bug.


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Ad Clicker Disguised as a Google Photos App has been Hosted on Microsoft Store.

Ad Clicker Disguised as a Google Photos App has been Hosted on Microsoft Store

Ad Clicker Disguised as a Google Photos App has been Hosted on Microsoft Store.


A malicious app called “Album by Google Photos” was found to be hosted on the Microsoft store. The app was pretending to be part of Google Photos, but was in fact an ad clicker that generates hidden adverts within the Windows 10 Operating System.


The ad clicker app seemed credible to users because of its name, and also the fact it claimed to be created by Google LLC, Google’s actual Microsoft store account is Google Inc, but it looks unsuspecting to users. Microsoft came under some criticism for not realising the app was actually malicious software since the user reviews did highlight that the app was fake, with plenty of 1* reviews. One review states “ My paid Anti-malware solution detected several attempts to download malware by this app. Watch out”. The App was first released on the Microsoft store in May.


What did the application do?


The “Album by Google Photos” app is a Progressive Web Application (PWA), which acts as the front end for Google Photos and includes a legitimate login screen. Hidden in the app bundle is also an ad clicker which runs in the background and generates income for the app developers.


The app connects to ad URLS, and the ads were very similar to what users would see from typical adware, including tech support scams, random chrome extensions, fake flash and java installs and general low-quality sites.


Microsoft haven’t commented how this app managed to pass the Microsoft review process before ending up on the store.  This is somewhat concerning since it could mean other malicious apps of a similar nature have flown under the radar and are still infecting user’s computers. We are waiting for Microsoft to comment on the issue.

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